On Oct. 29, 1997, the history of Notre Dame varsity women's rowing officially began. That day, the first head coach of the newest and 26th Irish varsity sport made his arrival on campus, bringing championship experience to the program.
Since coming to the Golden Dome, Stone has put Notre Dame rowing on the map both on and off the water as the Irish finished the 2001-02 season ranked 16th nationally, narrowly missing an invitation to the NCAA Championships. Stone also has expanded the program to support more than 120 members per season and has upgraded much of the equipment for the squad.
The Irish ended their most successful season in the three-year history of the program in 2001 when the varsity eight took fifth and the second varsity eight sixth at the 2001 Central Region in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The second varsity four was fourth in its final, while the varsity four won the petite title at the same event. Other highlights of the 2001 season included the varsity eight winning the Head of the Elk regatta, its first such victory in a regatta of that magnitude, and five other races during the spring, including wins over regional powers Wisconsin and Michigan State. The Irish received an invitation and placed sixth in the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego, Calif.
Stone also coached Ashlee Warren and Michelle Olsgard to CRCA All-Region honors in '01, while Warren, Katherine Burnett, Ann Marie Dillhoff and Becky Luckett won CRCA Scholar-Athlete accolades. Also, senior Leah Ashe became the first Irish rower to earn Verizon Academic All-America honors when she was named to the second team in '01.
Stone's second season saw dramatic improvement from his squad that boasted the talents of Katrina Ten Eyck, one of the top rowers in the nation. Ten Eyck, who garnered CRCA all-region honors, was invited to train at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
In 1998-99, Stone sent the program off to a rousing start as his team competed among the nation's best boats. He quickly put Notre Dame on the map as he led the lightweight eight vessel to a No. 12 national ranking in its first year of competition.
Before arriving at Notre Dame, Stone served as the women's rowing coach at the United States Naval Academy for five years. In 1994, Stone coached the Mids to a NCAA Division II national championship by winning the varsity eight title at the Champion International Collegiate Rowing Championships. In the championship, Navy also won the first novice and second novice championship races. The Mids not only earned the title, but also were awarded the prestigious Anita DeFrantz Trophy for overall performance by women's crews at the Champion International Regatta.
Just two years prior in 1992, Stone began his head coaching career at the U.S. Naval Academy. That same year, he directed the Mids' varsity eight to its first gold medal at the popular Dad Vail Regatta, the East Coast's largest crew regatta. The second varsity eight also won a gold medal at the Dad Vail with the team winning the Seitz Trophy for overall team performance by women's crews.
The next season, Navy finished with a 6-4 record and swept all of the races at the Patriot League Championships. The first novice boat also achieved success for Stone in 1993, by placing first at the Champion International Collegiate Regatta.
Following the national championship season in 1994, Navy finished with a 7-5 record and both the varsity eight (fifth) and the second varsity (second) again placed at the Champion International Collegiate Regatta.
Stone's fifth year at the helm of the Navy crew program marked a new era for the program. The Midshipmen joined the prestigious Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC), which includes schools such as Brown, Princeton and Virginia. In the team's first season in the EAWRC, the first varsity placed third in the third-level finals, while the second varsity won the third-level finals at the EAWRC Championships in Lake Waramaug, Conn.
Prior to taking over the Mids' women's program, Stone served as Navy's plebe lightweight coach in 1991. He also was an assistant rowing coach at his alma mater, Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., in 1990, working with both the men's and women's programs and more specifically, with the varsity and novice women.
Stone began his rowing career at Saint Mary's College as an undergraduate. With the Gaels, he was named the most valuable oarsman three years and went on to earn three letters, two in the heavyweight boat and one in the lightweight boat.
Born March 25, 1966, Stone graduated from Saint Mary's with a bachelor of arts degree in an integral major. He and his wife, Amy, have a son, Jack, who is almost two years old.